The work of Tom Clancy has produced a number of iconic heroes over the years. From Splinter Cell's Sam Fisher to Rainbow Six's John Clark and Ding Chavez, the Clancy-inspired world of political intrigue has no shortage of brilliant and brutal badasses. Few in that world can compare to Jack Ryan, and the Super Bowl trailer for the upcoming Amazon series based on the exploits of the genius CIA analyst shows John Krasinksi getting intense in a way that we have seldom seen from him or the character before. Check out the newly-released Super Bowl ad, below.
Like much of the promotional material for Jack Ryan, this preview does not give us much to work with in terms of overall plot details. Instead, we are given a series of shots that show us the raw intensity (seriously, the guy can row, can he not?) that John Krasinski seems to be bringing to the role -- which is something that he previously showed off in 2016's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
As far as plot details go, we do already know that Jack Ryan will focus on the evolution of the desk jockey as he gradually forges himself into a CIA badass. The series follows Ryan as he uncovers a series of mysterious bank transfers, which subsequently lead him on a race through Europe and the Middle East to chase down a rising figure in a growing terrorist cell. Classic Tom Clancy, right?
One thing worth noting about this Jack Ryan trailer is the fact that it is a much more action-oriented Jack Ryan than many of the other versions of the character that we have seen before. In the Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford (arguably the actor most regularly-associated with the role) eras of Ryan's career as a CIA officer, the visceral action was often portrayed as a last resort after the failure of diplomacy or in the face of a surprise attack. However, John Krasinksi's Jack Ryan is younger, and it looks like his more action-prone persona reflects the evolving nature of the war on terror. He is still an analyst first and foremost, but he is also ready and willing to pull his gun at a moment's notice.
Make sure to watch out for this Jack Ryan trailer during the Super Bowl on Sunday when the game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET. As for the series itself, Jack Ryan will debut later this year in August. For more of what's to come on Amazon this year, be sure to swing by our 2018 Amazon Premiere premiere schedule. If you're looking for more information on the shows that are set to debut this spring, then make sure to hop over to our midseason premiere guide, and if you're on the lookout for more of our thoughts on the world of streaming content, then check out the latest episode of The Cord Cutter Podcast.